2019 News

Friday 12 July 2019

Meeting Gorbachev

We've added additional screenings of some popular titles in Wellington. Tickets are available online or at the NZIFF box office.

Leftover Women

Sunday 11 August

7.30pm Leftover Women (City Gallery Wellington)

Helen Kelly – Together

Sunday 11 August

5.00pm Helen Kelly - Together (City Gallery Wellington)

Amazing Grace

Monday 12 August

6.15pm Amazing Grace (Embassy Theatre)

Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love

Tuesday 13 August

6.15 Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (Embassy Theatre)

Meeting Gorbachev

Tuesday 13 August

6.30pm Meeting Gorbachev (Roxy Cinema)

La Belle Époque

Wednesday 14 August

6.15pm La Belle Époque (Embassy Theatre)


Wednesday 14 August

6.15pm Vivarium (Roxy Cinema)

Thursday 11 July 2019


We’re thrilled – and frankly a little terrified – to announce director Ari Aster’s buzzworthy follow-up to Hereditary as a late addition to our programme. The story of an American couple whose festive encounter with Swedish pagan cultists slowly but surely descends into madness, Midsommar by all accounts raises the high bar set by Aster’s masterful debut feature, widely considered “the scariest movie of 2018” and an instant horror classic.

“For his second feature… writer-director [Aster] has conjured up an even madder and more ambitious nightmare, set in the remote wilds of northern Sweden and featuring ingredients not usually found in scary movies. The skies are blue. The sun is out. And everywhere are angelic-looking characters, adorned with flowers and dancing merrily. It’s the polar opposite of that bleak, cramped house in Hereditary, yet Aster makes the experience every bit as unsettling, orchestrating the descent from paradise to, well, something else with clinical precision. It’s a virtuoso, bone-shaking, head-spinning [film]… that demands to be seen on the big screen.” — Nick De Semlyen, Empire


Midsommar screens Tuesday 13 August, 8.45 pm at the Embassy Theatre.

Tickets are on sale now online and in-person from the NZIFF box office.

Wednesday 10 July 2019

Meet the Filmmakers in Wellington
Top left to bottom right: Damon Gameau, Liza Mandelup, Mirrah Foulkes, Maya Newell, Lorcan Finnegan, Bernie Shakeshaft    

This year we welcome six international guests to NZIFF in Wellington, including Australian actor, writer and director Mirrah Foulkes (Judy & Punch); actor turned documentarian Damon Gameau (2040); sci-fi horror specialist Lorcan Finnegan (Vivarium); and social justice-focused director Maya Newell (In My Blood It Runs). These filmmakers will introduce their films and answer questions following the screening of the sessions below.

We recommend booking your seats early for these fantastic Q+A sessions, and bringing your best questions, of course.

Damon Gameau for 2040

Damon Gameau is a familiar face to New Zealand audiences; he was a festival guest when his debut feature, That Sugar Film¸ screened here in 2015 as part of NZIFF’s Autumn Events. The film went on to win Best Documentary at the Australian AACTA Awards. Australian-born Gameau is also an actor, producer and presenter, with credits in feature films including The Tracker and Balibo (NZIFF09), and television series such as Underbelly, Secrets and Lies and Gallipoli.

His new documentary, 2040, presents positive, practical solutions to the environmental concerns facing the global economy, with a particular view on providing younger generations with the tools and knowledge to survive and thrive by the year 2040.

2040 screening featuring a Q+A

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Selling Fast and Sold Out in Wellington
Hail Satan?


Friday 26 July

11.15am The Farewell (Penthouse Cinema)

2.15pm Where’s My Roy Cohn? (Light House Cinema Cuba)

6.15pm Children of the Sea (Readings Cinema Porirua)

6.15pm The Whistlers (Roxy Cinema)

Saturday 27 July

12.00pm Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (Roxy Cinema)

2.00pm Meeting Gorbachev (Light House Cinema Petone)

3.15pm By the Grace of God (Light House Cinema Cuba)

4.30pm mid90s (Embassy Deluxe)

6.00pm Bellbird (Embassy Theatre)

6.00pm Hail Satan? (City Gallery Wellington)

6.00pm Loro (Light House Cinema Cuba)

8.00pm Cold Case Hammarskjold (City Gallery Wellington)

8.30pm Animals (Penthouse Cinema)

Sunday 28 July

3.15pm Maria By Callas (Light House Cinema Petone)

4.00pm Births, Deaths & Marriages (Soundings Theatre, Te Papa)

5.30pm Maiden (Light House Cinema Petone)

6.00pm 2040 (Embassy Theatre)

6.00pm Escher: Journey into Infinity (City Gallery Wellington)

Monday 29 July

1.15pm What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (Light House Cinema Cuba)

6.30pm Apocalypse Now: Final Cut (Light House Cinema Petone)

Tuesday 30 July

8.15pm The Art of Self-Defense (Penthouse Cinema)

9.00pm Long Day's Journey into Night (Embassy Theatre)

Wednesday 31 July

4.00pm Aniara (Light House Cinema Cuba)

6.15pm One Child Nation (Roxy Cinema)

6.45pm Song Without a Name (Embassy Deluxe)

8.45pm Violence Voyager (Embassy Deluxe)

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Where to find the 2019 Wellington Programme

The Wellington programme is now live online. If you’d like to view a digital copy of the print programme, download the PDF edition here or browse the flip-book version on Issuu.

Printed programmes will be available from Friday 28 June at the Embassy Theatre, City Gallery Wellington, Light House Cuba, Penthouse Cinema, The Roxy, Light House Petone, Reading Cinema Porirua, Te Papa (at the Level Two Information Desk) and Unity Books (57 Willis St).

Following delivery on Friday 28 June, programmes will also be available at the following locations:


  • Aro Street Café
  • Aro Street Video


  • Adelaide Trading Company
  • Gramercy Bakery


  • Brooklyn Library
  • *Penthouse Cinema


  • Te Papa
  • Circa Theatre


  • Eastbourne Library


  • The Realm
  • Kilbirnie Library


  • Island Bay Video
  • Community Centre


  • Karori Library
  • Marsden Books


  • VicBooks Kelburn Campus
  • VUW Book Centre
  • Kelburn Cafés.


  • The Dowse
  • Marbecks CD & DVD Store (Queensgate)
  • Lower Hutt Public Library
  • Rafter Library


  • Maranui
  • Queen Sally's Diamond Deli


  • Chocolate Fish
  • *Roxy Cinema
  • Gypsy Kitchen


  • Wellington High School
  • Te Whaea (main office)
  • Southern Cross


  • Vista Café 
  • The Mt Vic Chippery


  • Newtown Library
  • Baobab Cafe

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